My grandfather, Walter Barcus, played guitar and sang, occasionally in small clubs, but primarily
for the joy of playing and singing. He passed in 1977, shortly after my 11th birthday. In
distributing his possessions, my family gave me one of his guitars, an acoustic, in which at the
time I had very little interest.
A couple years later, I began listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Loggins
and Messina, BTO, James Taylor etc. I started taking an interest in that guitar; I wanted to make
Living on a small farm in rural Ohio, I had little opportunity to be around other guitarists. My
cousin Rusty provided a lesson on tuning Thanksgiving day 1979, really the starting point for my
playing. From that point, I picked up whatever I could from books, listening to my favorite
groups, and the odd chance to learn from another player.
In 1990, after being in a small country band and playing a couple solo gigs, I got a chance to play
in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. My brother cajoled me into auditioning, and sure that
they would dismiss me shortly after I opened my case, I agreed. Scott Eckert, the show’s musical
director, took me under his wing as guitarist for the show. His patient tutoring in reading the
score and playing in a theatrical setting had a huge impact on my musical life.
Since that time, I’ve performed in a number of bands, both here in North Texas, and around the
country; but primarily I’ve done the solo acoustic scene. I have been slowly writing and
recording my first cd, and always learning more of the great songs that inspired me to start in the
first place. I still want to make that sound, and love every day of this experience!
1987-,present Guitarist, Vocalist
Group and Solo Performances, including 6 months with traveling
show band “Flyer,” and orchestra guitar positions for productions of:
“Jesus Christ Superstar” Dallas Alliance Theatre
“Hair” Deep Ellum Opera Theater
“Grease” Garland Civic Theater
“Fiddler on the Roof” Garland Civic Theater
“Sundown” Lyric Stage
“Hair” Uptown Players
“Bare” Uptown Players
Solo performances at numerous clubs and restaurants, corporate events, benefits, festivals and
private functions in the DFW area.
Performances as a duo with brother Steve Barcus.
With regular weekly gigs, and an ever expanding list of new client venues, Jimmy provides a
memorable experience for regular customers and newcomers alike, bringing his unique stamp to
classic rock and roll tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. New original material is on the way with
the completion of his first CD.
Benefits include Taste of Collin County (benefitting Habitat for Humanity)2007, 08, 09, Dallas
White Rock Marathon (benefitting Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital) 2002-2014, Frisco Relay for
Jimmy has his own full sound and lighting systems.
A Little background....